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Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the ones we love, and that includes our fuzziest and loyalist companions! Our pets are there for us year round, providing an unconditional kind of love that can brighten our spirits on the gloomiest of days. If you’re stumped on ideas for your pets, or even on what to get a significant other that loves animals, we might just have some ideas you’d like. 🙂

How cute are these "bichon bars" from Three Dog Bakery

How cute are these “bichon bars” from Three Dog Bakery?

Three Dog Bakery's "Boxer Brownies" look good enough for people to eat!

Three Dog Bakery’s “Boxer Brownies” look good enough for people to eat!

Check out this "pet-it-four" they make as well.

Check out this “pet-it-four” they make as well.

Bakeries all over the place are going to the dogs, literally! Bakeries catering specifically to our four-legged friends are sprouting up everywhere, making freshly baked doggy-friendly cupcakes, cookies, and more. Even some regular bakeries are getting in on the action, like Cupcake Station in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their adorable “pup-cakes”! Three Dog Bakery in the Partridge Creek Mall of Clinton Township, Michigan is the kind of place you can find such delectable treats as “Boston Terrier Cream Pies”, “Boxer Brownies”, “Pupcakes”, and “Bulldog Bars”.

http://www.threedogatthecreek.com/products.asp?cat=76

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Stumped on what to get your significant other this year? A wonderful type of gift that has been gaining in popularity are donations. This Valentine’s Day why not make a donation to a rescue or shelter in your special someone’s name? Roses wilt, cards often get discarded or lost, and chocolates (while delicious) are soon gobbled up and gone; a donation that goes toward helping save animals is one that will have a lasting impact. There are plenty of places out there that could put your donation to good use, but one specifically is the Michigan Humane Society. Thursday, February 13th is the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Valentine’s Telethon. Donations are tax-deductible and help the good people at the humane society continue to provide the much-needed care to homeless, abused, and neglected animals in need. You can find more information on how to donate right on the Michigan Humane Society’s web page, here:

http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageNavigator/telethon.html

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Have a heart, and be a Rescue-Dog or Rescue-Cat’s Valentine! Please just remember that if you plan on getting a pet for someone for Valentine’s Day, to make 100% sure that they are ready for the commitment that comes along with it. Sometimes the best intentions just aren’t enough to make something work, and no one wants to see a pet come so close to having their forever home, only to have it taken away from them. It just isn’t fair to the animal involved. So make sure the person is on board fully, find out for sure if the place they live even allows pets (and if they do, that there are no restrictions that would apply to the critter you’re adopting), and please adopt. There are already so many animals out there in need of love, and they could truly use a good home.

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Most importantly, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give your pet, is the same one you give them everyday: Your love. We are our pets best friends, and there is nothing you could buy them that could ever measure up to your time. Whether you’re just snuggling on the couch, scratching that one spot that makes their back leg go crazy, or playing a game of tug-of-war or fetch, it will mean the world to your pet. They may not be able to go out and buy you flowers or write you any love poems, but who needs that when you’ve got a dog happily wagging his tail, or a cat purring in your lap?

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It’s a simple fact that there are few things in the entire world that cats love as much as catnip.

So, with that in mind, when spoiling our kitties, catnip is usually one of the first things we look for. This year, while Christmas shopping, we were surprised to discover something we’d never heard of before, and just thought we’d share our find now that the cats have had enough time to thoroughly test it out.

Catnip Bubbles!!

Found these bubbles at a cool store called 'Five Below' for $3.50

Found these bubbles at a cool store called ‘Five Below’ for $3.50

Containing pure catnip oil, the bubbles come just like the ones we all played with as kids, with a little bubble wand and everything!

So far between all three of our cats, the results have varied, but mostly been positive.

  • Bailey LOVES them. She was a little spooked by them popping at first, but quickly grew to love swatting the bubbles with her paw and popping them herself! And as soon as she’s done committing bubble murder, she always looks up expectantly with her big imploring kitty eyes, eager for more.
  • Zelda doesn’t appreciate the bubbles popping, but she definitely enjoys the aftermath by rubbing her face into the carpet where the bubbles have previously popped. It makes for quite the entertaining sight to say the least.
  • Jack is, to put it bluntly, terrified of them. He runs away and meows a meow of intense displeasure any time one comes remotely near him.

So, to sum it up catnip bubbles may not be for every cat, but we think it is at least worth a try. Some cats love them, some are spooked by them, and some just like the smell of them, but it’s always fun to let your critters try something new. 🙂

So we’re still taking it rather slowly getting the cats used to each other, but a small bit of progress has been made. Jack and Zelda can now be in the same room without anyone going into kitty-kill mode, though Zelda still lets it be known she is displeased by growling at Jack. This is a welcomed change compared to the explosion of hatred that had preciously ensued between Zelda and Bailey.

Of all three of the cats, Jack is by far the least …catty (pun totally intended).

"What's with all the drama, ladies?"

“What’s with all the drama, ladies?”

We’re hoping to start re-introducing Zelda and Bailey in a more controlled manner soon. So we’ll keep you guys posted of any further progress in the kitty chronicles. 🙂

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